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Brief description of site

Belhus Park is the remnant of a mid 18th century landscape park, now a golf course.

Brief history of site

Belhus Park has medieval origins. Belhus House was rebuilt some time in the early-16th century. In 1618 Sir Edward Barrett obtained a license to make a park, and the elaborate parterre shown on an estate map of 1619 was probably of the same date. The grounds were developed between 1753 and 1763 by Lancelot Brown. The house was demolished in 1957, and the park purchased by Essex County Council as a recreational facility.

Location information:

Address: Belhus Park, South Ockendon, Thurrock, Essex, RM15 4QR

Locality: Thurrock

Local Authorities:

Thurrock; Ockendon

Historical County: Essex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 177 Grid Ref: TQ570813
Latitude: 51.5088 Longitude: 0.260942

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The site is open daily, 8am to dusk
01 708 865628

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: golf course

Context or principal building: golf course

Site first created: Before 1618

Main period of development: Mid 18th century

Survival: Part: ground/below ground level remains

Site Size (Hectares): 119

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